Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, nominated by Ball State University

Meet Joe Fox (pictured with ICC Executive Director Maggie Stevens) accepting the 2012 Outstanding Community Partner Award for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana.


Nominated by Kathy L. Smith of Ball State University, Second Harvest provides food for 130 food pantries and meal programs which serve approximately 72,000 people each year.  Those numbers are impressive, 72,000 people a year receive much needed help to survive.  Just as impressive are the over 300 students who volunteer at the food bank –and who collectively have completed over 2000 hours of service.  What’s most impressive, and most lasting however, is the affect that the students have had on the community and Second Harvest has had on the students.  In another example of reciprocal partnerships, Ball State University students are provided an opportunity to help their fellow community members while processing their experiences so they leave with a more insightful social awareness.  In her nomination letter, Dr. Smith says of Second Harvest Operations Director, Joe Fox, “Joe plays a vital role in helping students reach that all too critical ‘light bulb’ moment. Joe understands how to fully engage his volunteers and as a result, those students walk away with an impactful service engagement experience.”

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Indiana Campus Compact is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for significant funding in support of programs, training,and resources for our member campuses that allow them to deepen their commitment to community engagement and service-learning.